Philadelphia Police Union Demands 5 Percent ‘Accountability Pay’ to Wear Body Cameras

A police union in Philadelphia has demanded its members be paid to wear body cameras. The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 has requested a 5 percent “accountability pay” increase, along with other demands, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported. Those additional demands include pay for living within city limits, a clothing and maintenance allowance, and triple overtime for court appearances scheduled on officers’ normal off days.

The contract has caused contention, and became the topic of a hearing in November that went on for seven hours and featured almost 100 speakers, the Inquirer reported. Some of the items are in response to the city’s proposed changes — which include “a push to require officers to live in the city; rules limiting back pay or reinstatement for officers who are fired or disciplined; and a new performance management system” — the report states.

The proposal is only a draft, per a city spokesperson, they said their demands “would be critical in terms of improved accountability for wrongdoing.” Advocates for police being held accountable frowned at the FOP’s request.

“If what the FOP is requesting is more money because they will be more accountable, that’s outrageous,” Rev. Mark Tyler of Mother Bethel AME Church said, who also co-directs POWER’s Live Free Campaign. “The disciplinary process is deeply flawed. For advocates, the entire disciplinary process needs to be thrown out and we need to start all over again,” he added in his comments to the Inquirer.

The union’s president, John McNesby, refused to comment on the matter. “We don’t discuss what we’re doing in the papers about our contract,” McNesby said in a statement.

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